17th Anniversary Wood Aged Double IPA | Great Divide Brewing Company

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17th Anniversary Wood Aged Double IPA17th Anniversary Wood Aged Double IPA

Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by notyourdadsbeer on 03-30-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was an impulse buy for me, I hadn't seen Great Divide in this area before so I thought I would try this brew out. I was pleasantly surprised! I really liked this beer, and coming in at over 10%, it was very drinkable.
It pours a dark, cloudy amber, with a small head. It's quite malty, which is different for me to like, but was a good complex beer, and very flavorful. It reminds me of a bit weaker Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA.
Great Divide is pulling out of Michigan, so I will definitely go pick up some more of these!

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look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From 650 mL bomber to Duvel tulip glass

It looks pretty; amber-red with a fluffy two-inch head leaving patchy lacing all over the glass. But when held up to the light, there's a ridiculous amount of suspended yeast, like chunk-yeast. Not sure if that was intended but that's not something I expect in an IPA.

The brew has a nice toffee-candy aroma, and you can smell the depth the wood-aging provides - woody, obviously, but joined with touches of raisin and various ripe fruit. Boozy, and the hops unusually pop in at the rear of the bouquet.

The toffee malts dominate the palate, rich and sweet. There are a lot of fruity nuances for an IPA, which is odd but not necessarily cloying. The booze touches the wood aspects and reminds of spirits. But the hops don't grace the palate until the end, as in the nose, and really don't bring the expected piny-grapefruit characteristics. Finishes sweet.

The ale feels oily and syrupy. Penetrates every crevice of your palate. Not totally unexpected for a 10% brew, but without a snappy hop-bite, the ale feels a little sticky.

Not a bad brew, I'll look for this next year, but I was definitely looking for something more hoppy. I'm not a huge fan of their Hercules either, thought this one might have a crisper hop characteristic.

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17th Anniversary Wood Aged Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 308 ratings